Fans might never get to be king (or queen), but they can look like one: Celebrity makeup artist Sir John—most famous for his work with Beyoncé—has collaborated with Luminess Cosmetics for a limited-edition collection inspired by Disney’s upcoming remake of The Lion King (opening in theaters July 19, 2019).
Inspired by the colors of African landscapes, the products come in hand-designed, layered packaging inspired by scenes and characters from the film. They include the:
Kingdom sculpting palette, $42
Can’t Wait to be Queen eyeshadow palette, $42
Be Brave matte lipstick, $24 (available in two shades)
Be Prepared liquid lipstick, $24 (available in two shades)
You guys, all these Disney live-action remakes have me rethinking my career choices. Maybe I should ditch being a beauty writer and try my hand at acting so I can achieve full Disney princess status in one of the films? I likely won’t be cast in anything soon, though, so to hold me over, I’ve found something to fulfill my Disney cravings: Sir John is dropping a Lion King makeup collection, and oh my gosh, it’s so exciting. Don’t you think? It’s a collab I honestly never saw coming, but given that Sir John glams Beyoncé, who has a starring role in the film, it makes sense that he’d want to get involved. Anything this man touches turns instantly more beautiful, so you bet your bottom dollar I’ll be buying the entire capsule collection.
“It’s been a labor of love and I’m so happy that it’s out and we can talk about it, and I don’t have to keep secrets,” Sir John told Entertainment Tonight in an exclusive interview about the collection, and his excitement was palpable. I’m equally thrilled! Sir John is king of fierce beauty, and what’s more fierce than a lion-themed line? While sometimes, collections based on popular films can lean on the cheesier side, this 8-piece drop couldn’t be more chic. Would you expect anything less from the makeup master himself?
BEHOLD: THE SIR JOHN X LUMINESS LION KING COLLECTION:
“I have to make sure that, whatever I do, it has to address the concerns of all women, you know, from Harlem to Hong Kong,” Sir John shared with Entertainment Tonight, adding passionately, “A lipstick can change the world.” It’s safe to say he nailed his mission of a collection for all, as a quick glance at some of the promo images shows that these products really do suit any and every skin tone.
YES, LADIES, KEEP SERVING THAT FIERCE LIONESS REALNESS!
AND THAT THING HE SAID ABOUT LIPSTICK? THE DROP HAS QUITE A FEW, SO GET EXCITED:
First up is the Legacy Tinted Lip Balm, which comes in a convenient chubby stick and will retail for $24, as will all the lip products. Next, there are two shades of Be Prepared Liquid Lipstick, in shades “Romantic Atmosphere,” pictured above, and “Trouble,” a more orangey nude Last but not least, there are two shades of Be Brave Matte Lipstick, including “Pounce,” pictured above, and “Mane,” a bold red. I love the gold and black lion featured on all the packaging — the nod to the movie is apparent, but it still feels luxe and sophisticated, not kiddish or gimmicky.
PLUS, THE PAYOFF IS STRAIGHT FIRE. NUDE OR BOLD, THIS LINE HAS YOU COVERED:
OF COURSE, THERE ARE SOME POWDER PRODUCTS TO LOVE, TOO:
The Can’t Wait To Be Queen Eyeshadow Palette will retail for $42, and if you guessed that the name is a cheeky play on the film’s song, “I Just Can’t Wait To Be King,” then congrats, you nailed it. There’s also the Circle of Life Highlighter, which will deliver a warm, bronzy glow for $40, and the Kingdom Sculpting Palette, which offers six contour shades for $42.
BOLD EYES AND A SCULPTED FACE? THE PERFECT RECIPE FOR A READY-TO-RULE LEWK:
SIR JOHN SHARED THIS CLOSE-UP OF THE EYESHADOW PALETTE ON INSTAGRAM, AND I HONESTLY CAN’T STOP WATCHING IT. CHECK OUT THAT SHIMMER!
The striking capsule collection is available for purchase on June 15 exclusively on the Luminess Beauty site, and you can head there now to preview it all and check out the amazing looks Sir John created for the campaign. If you’re hoping to snag the products in time to create your own look for a showing of The Lion King you can catch the movie at a theater near you on July 19.
Beyoncé’s MUA Sir John is launching a Lion King makeup line and it’s majestic
Calling all Disney and makeup lovers! It’s been almost 25 years since the Disney classic, The Lion King hit theaters and became a blockbuster. Whether you’re a Samba fan or a Beyoncé enthusiast, you’ll be excited to learn that Queen Bee’s makeup artist Sir John created a collection just for the movie. The Disney-inspired collection brings to life the iconic animated film, with its eight-piece set by Luminess Cosmetics. So mark your calendars, because this is a collector’s dream that’s set to launch on June 15th – a whole month before the film hits theatres on July 19th.
Of course, the famous MUA took to social media to announce his big news. “Guys! @luminesscosmetics and I are so proud and excited to present the Disney Lion King Cosmetic Collection. It’s 8 limited-edition cosmetic pieces inspired by the African Landscape & characters from Disney’s The Lion King,” he captioned next to a video. Within minutes, fans lost it as they hit the comment section with joyous replies sharing their excitement.
If you didn’t know the makeup genius is behind some of our favorite Latina’s beauty looks such as Joan Smalls, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Adriana Lima. Therefore, he’s very well versed in working on all types of different Latina shades making him an expert in creating this gorgeous collection. The celebrity MUA even took a trip to Africa to ensure he reflected how diverse and beautiful the continent truly is.
The full product line includes lipsticks, a highlighter, two palettes for contouring and highlighting, a makeup palette showcasing an array of peach and brown shades, along with a deep emerald, a shimmering violet and more dreamy hues. There is a Be Brave Lipstick in Pounce or Lion Mane, marked at $24 and the Circle of Life highlighter priced at $40. The makeup line also includes two palettes, which are for highlighting and contouring at $42, and the Can’t Wait to Be Queen Eyeshadow Palette $42, featuring an array of peach and brown shades, along with deep emerald, a shimmering violet, and more majestic hues. Talk about a safari dream.
Recently Mexican-American Beauty Youtuber, Desi Perkins created a breathtaking beauty look using the Be Queen Eyeshadow Palette. The beauty influencer used a teal-blue high pigmented color on the corner of her eyes to create an icy-like finish with her bold wing liner.
You may be new to the beauty brand Luminess, but its upcoming makeup collection is about to dominate your Instagram feed. (That is, if you haven’t yet scrolled by teasers for it). Although it’s not yet available, there are three things the internet’s already obsessed with when it comes to the limited-edition collection by Sir John x Luminess: Disney’s The Lion King, gorgeous makeup, and the queen herself — Beyoncé.
But it may be dropping even sooner than you realize. The Lion King Collection by Sir John x Luminess will arrive on the brand’s website June 15, followed by a release on Ulta’s website and at ShopDisney.com on June 16. Those looking to swatch the brilliant shades should keep an eye on their local Ulta stores, too — select locations will also begin carrying the collection on July 1.
Can’t wait for the release date to get here? You can preview The Lion King Collection by Sir John x Luminess online just by visiting the brand’s site. There, you’ll see just how extensive this collection is — there is a sculpting palette, an eyeshadow palette, a highlighter, and multiple styles of lip colors. The packaging for the collection is noteworthy, too: Iconic elements from The Lion King, like scenes and characters’ faces, decorate the cosmetics. Prices start at $24 — for the bullet lipsticks, liquid lip colors, and the lip balm — and go up to $42 (the price of both sculpting and eyeshadow palettes).
The collection’s Disney inspiration goes beyond just the title, as well. From the cat-eyed looks in the campaign to the eyeshadow palette’s African landscape-inspired shades, the spirit of the movie permeates the collection. However, so does the talent of Beyoncé’s makeup artist, Sir John, who helped to create the new pieces. (Side note: Queen B is the voice of Nala in the upcoming live-action remake, naturally.) Luminess’ website explains that the original Lion King movie had been a favorite of Sir John’s growing up, and that he’d felt that connection grow as he worked throughout Africa.
Make sure you visit Luminess’ site June 15 to grab the collection, though — because with the upcoming movie coming out (and Beyoncé’s fans waiting) this one will definitely sell out. Ahead, a preview of the Sir John x Luminess collection.
I Reviewed 3 Different Airbrush Makeup Kits & Here Are My Thoughts On All Of Them
Apparently, you don’t need to be a professional makeup artist to master the flawless airbrush makeup look…
Whenever I think of airbrush makeup, I’m always brought back to freshman year of college. One of my best friends had a pretty high-maintenance girl as a roommate, who would blast her airbrush makeup machine at 7 a.m. every morning before heading to class. Back then, my bestie wasn’t a fan of her roomie and, therefore, complained about how over-the-top her makeup routine was every day. As any best friend would, I, too, thought her roommate was inconsiderate and thus hated her airbrush makeup kit, too.
Fast forward nine years later, and I’ve become that person addicted to airbrush makeup application, too. The finish this type of product gives my complexion can’t even compare to the liquid or powder foundations found at the department store or drugstore I’ve tried, and after testing out three different brands, I suggest anyone looking for a more “natural-looking” finish invest in an airbrush makeup kit. Let’s dive into the pros and cons of each magical machine I gave a shot:
To use the device, you’ll need an outlet close to your mirror, as it needs to be plugged in to turn on. The air is suctioned through the box with the on/off button and is released through the handheld stylus. When I applied my makeup, I held the stylus like a pen or pencil and applied in circular motions around my face. It’s very easy to add droplets of the foundation into the reservoir of the handheld device, and it wasn’t released until I gently pulled back on the applicator.
I’ll start with the pros of using this product. First, I loved the finish this Luminess Airbrush Kit offered — there was not too much sheen or shine, and my skin definitely appeared more matte than the other two brands I tested. Second, this kit came with a primer, and after checking my reflection at the end of the day, I could definitely tell that the primer was holding up and helping the foundation and blush not to pill or get cakey. Finally, this pick offered what was probably the most natural-looking finish of the the three I tested. I used the Luminess Air Silk 4-in-1 Airbrush Foundation in Shade 020 ($22, Amazon) and thought it was an excellent match to my natural skin tone.
Before using Luminess:
As for the cons of this kit, I didn’t love the actual Luminess Air device. You have to plug it into an outlet for it to work, and I was really confused about where to put the liquid into the device — I ended up having to watch a how-to video on YouTube. I also kept having to add more droplets of the foundation into the reservoir. Either the foundation doesn’t go very far, or I was underestimating how much I actually needed to cover my face.
Unlike the other two devices I tried, I found the Luminess Air to be more precise — but not in a good way. Perhaps I was holding the device too close to my face, but I felt as though the air stream was too targeted, and I ended up with a few splotches that I needed to fix afterward. I think practice makes perfect with this device. Finally, the maintenance and care this device needs is no joke, and although I haven’t actually tried to clean it yet, there are thorough instructions on how to clean the Luminess Air after every use. For each of these devices, you’ll always want to make sure that you clean after each use so that it applies the foundation seamlessly each time.
After using Luminess:
Airbrush makeup kits are not cheap, but the incredible finish you get from each device is worth the money. These devices will last you years, and after your initial purchase, all you have to do is purchase the foundations and added blushes, highlighters, etc. And just think, you’ll never have to use or clean makeup brushes ever again! Dream come true? I think yes.
Calling all The Lion King lovers who happen to be makeup enthusiasts: Disney’s classic film was reborn in makeup form.World-renowned makeup artist Sir John worked with Luminess Cosmetics to create a limited edition 8-piece capsule collection, and it’s essentially what my makeup dreams are made of. The collaboration makes a lot of sense: Beyoncé is the voice of Nala in the forthcoming remake (in theaters July 17), and Sir John has been the mastermind behind her makeup for years.
From the packaging’s intricate illustrations to the intentional shade ranges, each product pays homage to Africa. “There are no humans in the Lion King movie, so I was inspired by the landscape of Africa,” Sir John told me in an interview. “In Johannesburg, I went on safaris and got to see what real soil looks like. And it doesn’t look brown, it’s so rich and red, which created these color stories in each of the products.” From daytime neutrals to dense jewel tones, the tones span the spectrum and work for all women.
The man himself stopped by the Marie Claire offices and showcased what a full face of his collection looks like on me. Keep scrolling for a 10-minute makeup tutorial for women who consider time a luxury (*raises hand*).
Step 1: Sculpt Your Skin to Define and Accentuate Your Face
Sir John began by sculpting my forehead, cheekbones, and jawline with a fluffy brush using his Sculpting Palette ($42). The powder-based palette comes with six cool-toned shades inspired by the Sahara. I’m obsessed with how this palette accentuated my features, and made my entire face look three-dimensionally snatched.
“Sculpting is different from contouring,” Sir John explained. “All of these colors have a cooler undertone, which gives your skin that depth of feel and allows your cheekbones and eye sockets to receive it. These shades are all super super-matte, void of any shimmer, so they really do sculpt. Using a brush when your skin is slightly wet from foundation is the best way to apply this.”
Disney Lion King Sculpting Palette
Step 2: Highlight for a Lit-From-Within Glow
A smooth, finely-milled highlighter ($40) wins me over every time. This velvety formula is buildable, with a golden finish inspired by that unforgettable sunset scene in The Lion King. “I wanted to be sure the highlighter translated well on all skin tones,” Sir John told me. “It doesn’t matter how fair or deep you are in complexion, there’s a spot on your cheekbones that this will work for. It’s so finely-milled, so there aren’t any large particles that will create that chunky highlighter look, which is never the goal.”
Disney The Lion King Highlighter Palette
Step 3: Apply the Most Perfect Nude Lipstick
The perfect nude for deep skin tones does exist—you’re looking at it right now. Many women of color share the same struggle when it comes to finding neutrals to complement deep complexions. This liquid lipstick “Trouble” ($24) paints my lips in a gorgeous wash of neutral, and dries down in seconds without sucking the life out of my lips. It’s my match-made-in-heaven and has already traveled the world with me. “This is a ‘90s matte brown,” Sir John described. “It’s the perfect nude and looks so different on everyone. There’s lots of vitamin E and humectants in the formula so it’s hydrating.”
Disney the Lion King Liquid Lipstick
Step 4: Apply the Same Lipstick On Your Cheeks and Eyes for a Monochromatic Moment
I’m never not in the back of an Uber doing my makeup. And when there’s two minutes left until I reach my destination the last thing I want to do is search for blush and eyeshadow. Life hack: Use this lipstick as blush and eyeshadow. It creates uniformity and only requires your fingers—a win-win. Sir John applied this lipstick on my cheeks in tapping motions and swiped it onto my lids in literally one minute. The shades instantly enriched my skin with a warm glow. “These are all convertible colors,” he explained. ” You can also use the highlighters as eyeshadows, the sculpting palette as a daytime eyeshadow, and of course this lipstick as cream blush.” This is what I call magic, baby.
To complete the collection Sir John created a blue-based red lipstick “Romantic Atmosphere” ($24) that’ll make your pearly whites pop, an orange-based red lipstick “Lion’s Mane” ($24) that’ll make your skin look super-healthy, a creamy matte nude lipstick “Pounce” ($24) that works on all skin tones, a tinted balm “Hakuna Matata” ($24) to enhance your natural lip color, and a do-it-all eyeshadow palette “Can’t Wait to Be Queen” ($42).
1.Luminess x Disney The Lion King Collection by Sir John, legendary makeup artist to the stars (including Beyoncé and Celine Dion, NBD!) is finally here and it’s SO good! With colors inspired by The Lion King‘s characters and landscape, this collection is vibrant, glowy, and wears so beautifully.
Sir John did some of our faces up (including mine!) with the collection before it officially launched and said that it’s an “elevated take for all the millennials who grew up on the original film.” Loveeeee. Check out the entire post for all of the looks to replicate at home!
Get the collection from Ulta: Matte Lipstick, Liquid Lipstick, and Lip Balm for $24 each, Highlighter Palette for $40, and Can’t Wait To Be Queen Eyeshadow Palette and Sculpting Palette for $42.
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Who doesn’t love a good designer collab? On the fashion front, it’s a more affordable way to own a piece of a designer’s artistry. And on the pop culture front, it’s a way to celebrate and show off the TV shows or movies you love.
From Baby Phat and Giambattista Valli to Stranger Things and The Lion King, brand collabs are killin’ it this year. See what other collections have making a splash this summer—and snag some goodies for yourself!
SIR JOHN X LUMINESS COSMETICS LION KING COLLECTION
In the makeup world, there’s no one cooler than L’Oréal Paris Celebrity Makeup Artist Sir John. He’s behind the majority of the makeup-minded screenshots sitting in our camera roll at the moment and he regularly works with all of our favorite celebs like Beyoncé, Joan Smalls, Ashely Benson, and Karlie Kloss to name a few. Since he’s used to prepping his A-list clientele for everything from sweat-inducing concerts to weather-contingent red carpets, we couldn’t think of anyone better to ask about summer lip colors trends for 2019. More specifically, we asked which colors we should ditch and which we should swap in.
“For summer lip colors, I love corals, sheer peaches, baby pinks, or even a statement red,” Sir John tells us right off the bat. “These colors, depending on the occasion and mood, make skin look healthy and vibrant. Conversely, try to steer away from deep merlots, wines, and a deep berry. These shades are very polished and are better for the fall and winter.”
Of course, we believe in 100% beauty democracy here at Who What Wear, so if wearing a borderline black or blue lipstick is what really floats your boat this summer, we salute you. Obsessed with purple? Go for it! If not, however, we’re dishing in more detail on the best (and worst) summer lip color trends according to Sir John with his pro lipstick tips and product picks sprinkled throughout. Keep scrolling.
Remove: Deep Burgundy
Of course, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with a gorgeous swipe of deep burgundy, but we love it best during the more intense and cozy months of winter. We recommend stashing this tube away for safekeeping until summer (sadly) leaves us.
Sir John’s Tip: “If you’re already wearing a lot of pinks, corals, or berries, a great hack is matching your lip color to your blush color. In the summer, cream blushes are great as they will not clog your pores, and I sometimes double it as the lipstick as well.”
Remove: Moody Purples
Is Pat McGrath’s Vampira-esque shade of deep, blackened purple stunning? Quite. Compatible with the long, hot, sunny days of summer? Um, not really. This kind of color requires a perfect application (it’s not melt-safe!) and is extremely polished. Therefore, Sir John deems it more suitable for the rich days of winter.
Add: Sheer Stone Fruits Like Peach & Nectarine
Sir John’s Tip: “As far as what type of lipstick formula is best for summer, it depends on what you have going on. I love the Colour Riche Plump and Shine formula for summer—the color is sheer and gives your lips extra hydration, which is great during these hot summer days. If you need your lip color to last a while, I love something that is more matte but very opaque so it doesn’t feel heavy on your lips.”
Remove: Deep Berry
As someone who personally loves a bold burst of berry on my lips, this is a hard pill to swallow. But, according to Sir John, colors like peach, coral, and baby pink will be better than deeper shades of berry when it comes to making our summer skin look healthy and vibrant. And that’s the ultimate summer lip color goal, right?
Add: Baby Pink
Sir John’s Tip: “In the summer, I always try to cut back on at least one step to make the process shorter and easier. For lips, leave your lip liner at home and instead, use a lipstick with a precise applicator.”
Plus, One More Add: A Statement-Making Red
Sir John’s Tip: “Always take the rest of your look into account. When choosing a lipstick shade, think about the rest of your outfit and how the hues will play against each other. If you’re not wearing a full face of makeup, a bright, bold statement lip will immediately amp up your look.”
Disney’s The Lion King was one of the first movies I ever saw in a theater, so I’ve been counting down the days until the live-action remake hits theaters next month. But, while I just can’t wait to revisit some of my favorite childhood characters, when Beyoncé’s makeup artist Sir John announced that he teamed up with Luminess Cosmetics to create a limited-edition collection inspired by the film, I immediately was more excited about all of my potential summer makeup looks. (Side note: In case you somehow missed the casting announcement, Bey is voice of Nayla in the remake.)
What immediately stands out about the collection is that if you were to look at the all of the shimmery and matte shades without seeing the packaging, they still capture essence of the film and its African setting. So, I reached out to Sir John on the phone to find out what went into creating the collection.
“I spent a lot of time South Africa, and I’ve been there five times this year,” Sir John tells me. “I went on a safari and got so inspired seeing the colors of the clay and the soil because it’s so red, rich, and warm there. I took tons of pictures and videos of what I saw on my phone and brought it back home. Then, I made a mood board of the photos and started swatching colors.”
Sir John didn’t just travel far to create the collection, he also says that he and Luminess has a tight timeline, doing a years-worth of work in approximately six months. “When I got the phone call from Disney, it didn’t hit me that it was really happening,” he says. “The next thing I had to do was figure out who I was going to partner with to manufacture the collection to make sure it had the right pigment, color payoff, and packaging. Luminess is a company I met and worked with around Coachella time, and I was looking for an opportunity to work with them again.”
Now that the collection is out in the wild, Sir John has been teaming up with everyone’s favorite beauty bloggers to put the collection in action, including Shayla. He filmed this killer emerald smoky eye look using one of the collection’s few vibrant shades.
You can check it out below:
In the video, Sir John gives a ton of application tips, talks about how he got his start as a makeup artist, and what it’s like working with Bey.
Since it’s officially summer, the unofficial season of glowy skin, and the Lion King collection includes The Circle of Life Highlighter, a universally flattering shade for a lit-from-within glow, I got him to spill his secret for keeping your highlighter from melting off during the summer.
He tells me to use two highlighters, using a liquid one as a base… and then going over it with the powder formula. “It’s still luminous and gives you that glowing complexion, but it won’t melt off — it will stay there,” he says. “Even if it does melt off because we are going into summer, you’ll still traces of a beautiful, gleaming complexion.”
Considering one of his clients performs in stadiums, dancing for the majority of her show, I’m going to take Sir John’s advice and start layering my highlighter this summer.